A new study reveals that researchers found the organic tomatoes had significantly higher levels of vitamin C, sugar and lycopene. It is the lycopene that could add up organic tomatoes' health profile. Lycopene is a compound that gives tomatoes their red coloring and has been linked to a decreased risk of stroke in people who consume it a lot.
Researchers point out that organic system of agriculture tends to "stress out" the tomato plants. For instance, when tomato plants fend off pests without the use of heavy-duty pesticides, they produce more stress compounds such as vitamin C and lycopene to defend themselves.
It is similar to the way we humans make antibodies to fight a disease. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, found that organic tomatoes had almost double the concentration of two flavonoids, quercetin and kaempferol, which have potent antioxidant activity.
Prof. Harry Klee, a tomato researcher at the University of Florida says: “If I take two plants on a conventional farms and reduce the fertilizer levels on one, I will get 40 percent smaller fruits with higher nutrient content.” They may be smaller but they are also mightier. Organic tomatoes pack in more cancer fighting phenols and vitamic C than conventionally grown tomatoes, according to a research article published in the journal, PLOS ONE.
We hope the above study helps consumers, especially those who are very health conscious, to gain more awareness about the benefits of using organic fruits and vegetables like tomatoes in this instance.